Govt. to start cultural centres

THRISSUR, DEC. 30. The Information Minister, Mr. M.M. Hassan, has said that the Government will set up Kerala Bhavans/Information Cultural Centres in the capitals of other States for the benefit of outstation Malayalis.

Inaugurating the delegates meet of the `Marunadan Malayali Sangamam-2001' organised by the Federation of All India Marunadan Malayali Association (FAIMA) here today, Mr. Hassan said that the Government would be ready to render all help if outstation Malayali organisations come forward to set up centres for the study of Malayalam language in other parts of the country.

He said that according to some statistics, Bangalore city has about eight lakh Malayalis, Chennai about six lakh and there are about 20 lakh Malayalis in other parts of India. A Centre of Development Studies (CDS) survey puts the number of Non-Resident Keralites outside the country at 16 lakhs. Hence, the number of outstation Malayalis is larger than the Non-Resident Keralites working outside the country."

Referring to the hard working nature of outstation Malayalis, he said that their work should be recognised. "It is the money orders of outstation Malayalis and Non-Resident Keralites that have kept the economy of State alive and kicking. The expertise of outstation Malayalis is vital for the development of the State. Their help is crucial for the State to overcome the development crisis and to have a proper direction for the development activities of the State."

He said that the Department of Non-Resident Keralites' Affairs (NoRKA) will organise a meet of outstation Malayalis titled `Samanvyam' at Bangalore next month. A committee to streamline the follow up activities for outstation Malayalis will be formed after the meet, he added.

The president of FAIMA, Mr. M.P. Purushothaman, secretary (FAIMA-Mumbai), Mrs. Beena Thampi, vice-presidents, Mr. V.K. Madhavankutty and Dr. A.P. Jayaraman, Mr. Thomas Unniyadan, MLA, the NoRKA secretary, Mr. Jiji Thomson, Prof. Omcheri N.M. Pillai, and the Thrissur Corporation councillor, Dr. M. Usman, were among those who spoke on the occasion.

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